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Argo

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Director: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

     
 

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When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. As the six members of the embassy staff remain behind closed doors, armed

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When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. As the six members of the embassy staff remain behind closed doors, armed militants conduct thorough searches of local homes, and kill anyone suspected of harboring the Americans. Realizing that it's only a matter of time before the six are identified and taken hostage, Mendez offers a unique - yet potentially dangerous - solution: posing as a Canadian film producer, he will enter into Tehran under the precipice of scouting locations for an upcoming science fiction opus, gather up the refugees, pass them off as his crew at the airport, and fly out of Iran right under the militants' noses. Shortly after touching down in Iran, however, Mendez contends with a few unexpected developments that threaten to erode the bond of trust he needs to establish with the refugees, and expose his deception. Meanwhile, even if they do manage to make it as far as the airport, government bureaucracy threatens to leave them hopelessly stranded in their most desperate hour. Alan Arkin, John Goodman, and Bryan Cranston co-star. Inspired by actual events.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
If there's one lesson to be gleaned from director Ben Affleck's relentlessly tense, painstakingly detailed Argo, it's that we should consider the possibility that our history has been manipulated more than many of us would care to admit. Whether to protect the innocent, the guilty, or just the interests of a government more concerned with secrecy than the truth, the hidden details of history are sometimes the very ones that steer our collective fate more than the stories that make headlines, and in only his third feature as a director, Affleck re-creates just such a clandestine incident with a master's touch and a winning dash of levity. When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. As the six members of the embassy staff remain behind closed doors, armed militants are conducting thorough searches of local homes and killing anyone suspected of harboring the Americans. Realizing that it's only a matter of time before the six are identified and taken hostage, Mendez offers a unique -- yet potentially dangerous -- solution: Posing as a Canadian film producer, he will enter into Tehran under the pretension of scouting locations for an upcoming science-fiction opus, gather up the refugees, pass them off as his crew at the airport, and fly out of Iran right under the militants' noses. Shortly after touching down in Iran, however, Mendez contends with a few unexpected developments that threaten to erode the bond of trust he needs to establish with the refugees, which could in turn expose his deception. Meanwhile, even if they do manage to make it as far as the airport, government bureaucracy threatens to leave them hopelessly stranded in their most desperate hour. By opening his film with a detailed description of the events leading up to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Affleck smartly puts the action in historical context while effectively getting viewers up to speed on the complexities of the incident. He tells the tale with a sense of urgency that carries over quite effectively into the main storyline, as Mendez seeks the help of some high-powered Hollywood friends in order to make his plan work. In the hands of a lesser director, contrasting the absurdity of the Hollywood system with such a deadly serious situation could have easily come off as disjointed or contrived. But, as a director, Affleck has a knack for the mechanics of tension, and he knows the importance of providing an emotional release for the viewers as he quietly ups the stakes with each passing scene. Of course, some of that credit must go to screenwriter Chris Terrio as well, but it's primarily Affleck's sense of pacing and timing, combined with pitch-perfect supporting performances by Alan Arkin and John Goodman, that really draw us into Argo. Once Mendez arrives in Iran, the personalities of the refugees come into play and the tone of Argo becomes a bit more serious. But the cast are there to back Affleck up, and thanks to actors Victor Garber, Clea DuVall, and Scoot McNairy in particular, the film's tensest scenes play out in a way that will have most viewers grinding their teeth. At the same time, production designer Sharon Seymour and costume designer Jacqueline West ensure that every frame of Argo looks entirely convincing, while cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures sprawling vistas and tortured expressions with the same careful attention to detail. It all adds up to a genuinely immersive experience that's still compelling despite the fact that we knew the outcome when we walked into the theater. That's a real testament to the artistry and talent of everyone involved. So lest audience members find themselves at odds over who truly made this improbable mission a success -- the brave Canadian ambassador or the innovative CIA agent -- it might pay to remember that, much like filmmaking, it was a collaborative effort that relied heavily on the strength and ingenuity of everyone involved. When we work together we can accomplish great things: Ben Affleck's Argo isn't just proof of that theory, but a fine example of it as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2013
UPC:
0883929241392
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
1,839

Special Features

Rescued from Tehran: We Were There ; President Jimmy Carter, Tony Mendez and the actual houseguests recount the real-life harrowing experiences they endured

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Tony Mendez
Bryan Cranston Jack O'Donnell
Alan Arkin Lester Siegel
John Goodman John Chambers
Taylor Schilling Christine Mendez
Victor Garber Ken Taylor
Tate Donovan Bob Anders
Clea Duvall Cora Lijek
Scoot McNairy Joe Stafford
Rory Cochrane Lee Schatz
Christopher Denham Mark Lijek
Kerry Bishe Kathy Stafford
Kyle Chandler Hamilton Jordan
Chris Messina Malinov
Zeljko Ivanek Robert Pender
Titus Welliver Bates
Keith Szarabajka Adam Engell
Bob Gunton Cyrus Vance
Richard Kind Max Klein
Richard Dillane OSS Officer Nicholls
Omid Abtahi Reza Borhani
Page Leong Pat Taylor
Farshad Farahat Azizi Checkpoint #3
Sheila Vand Sahar
Karina Logue Elizabeth Ann Swift
Ryan Ahern Sgt. Sickmann
Bill Tangradi Alan B. Golacinski
Jamie McShane William J. Daugherty
Matthew Glave Col. Charles W. Scott
Roberto Garcia Sgt. William Gallegos
Christopher Stanley Thomas L. Ahern, Jr.
Jon Woodward Kirby Fred Kupke
Alborz Basiratmand Student with Poster
Ruty Rutenberg Marine #1
Michael Woolston Marine #2
Sharareh Sedghi Lady with Radio
Bobby Zegar Tear Gas Student
Victor McCay Malick
Matt Nolan Peter Genco
J.R. Cacia Brice
Bill Kalmenson Hal Saunders
Rob Brownstein Landon Butler
David Sullivan Jon Titterton
Jean Carol Jordan's Secretary
Michael Cassidy Jordan's Analyst
John Boyd Lamont
Yuriy Sardarov Rossi
Nikka Far Tehran Mary
Aidan Sussman Ian Mendez
Barry Livingston David Marmor
Ali Saam Ali Khalkhali
Araz Vahid Ebrahim Nia Moradi
Scott Anthony Leet The Minotaur
Ashley Wood Space Lab Nurse
Rob Tepper Film Director
Ray Porter First A.D.
Stephen J. Lattanzi PA
Danielle Barbosa Lester's Housekeeper
Michael Parks Jack Kirby
Eric Scott-Cooper Publicist
Adrienne Barbeau Nina/Serksi the Galactic Witch
Tom Lenk Variety Reporter
Nelson Franklin LA Times Reporter
Kelly Curran Princess Aleppa
Mark Rhino Smith Evil Villain
Scott Elrod Achilles Crux
Billy Blair Humanoid Robot
Daston Kalili Green Jacket
Joseph S. Griffo Nestor the Android
Andrew Varenhorst Blue Monster
Amitis Frances Ariano Persian Dancer
Alison Fiori Sci Fi Body Suit Girl
Taies Farzan Middle Class Iranian Woman
Florans Atlantis Middle Class Iranian Man
Rafi Pitts Iranian Consulate Official
Allegra Carpenter British Airways Flight Attendant
Bobby Naderi Airport Husband
Maz Siam Iraqi Border Guard
Brandon Tabassi Young Komiteh at Airport
Fahim Fazli Komiteh Subordinate
Ken Edling Assistant Secretary of State
Dorianne Pahlavan Airport Hysterical Wife
Hooshang Tooze Deputy Minister of Islamic Guidance
Peter-Henry Schroeder Producer
Ali Farkhonde Tehran Car Rental Man
Sahm McGlynn Bearded Fundamentalist in Bazaar
Deborah Deimel Bean State Dept. Official
Michael Chieffo CIA Archives officer
Leyla Beysulen Angry Woman
Lindsey Ginter Hedley Donovan
Tim Quill Alan Sosa
Larry Sullivan Engell's Secretary
Danilo DiJulio Sgt. Gauthier
Fanshen Cox White House Operator
Tehmina Sunny Swissair Ticketing Agent
Amir K. Passport Official
Hans Tester Swissair Pilot
Nancy Stelle Swissair Flight Attendant
Annie Little Swissair Gate Agent
Alexandre Desplat Conductor

Technical Credits
Ben Affleck Director,Producer
Erik Aadahl Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Borck Art Director
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
Chay Carter Executive Producer
George Clooney Producer
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Jose Antonio Garcia Sound Mixer
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Tim Headington Executive Producer
Amy Herman Co-producer
Grant Heslov Producer
Lora Kennedy Casting
Graham King Executive Producer
David Klawans Executive Producer
Barry McQueary Special Effects Supervisor
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
R. Bruce Steinheimer Special Effects Supervisor
Chris Terrio Screenwriter
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
David J. Webb Asst. Director
Jacqueline West Costumes/Costume Designer
Nina Wolarsky Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Argo
1. Scene 1 [12:38]
2. Scene 2 [6:56]
3. Scene 3 [9:22]
4. Scene 4 [13:48]
5. Scene 5 [7:12]
6. Scene 6 [9:57]
7. Scene 7 [4:22]
8. Scene 8 [4:46]
9. Scene 9 [10:36]
10. Scene 10 [10:26]
11. Scene 11 [8:46]
12. Scene 12 [12:33]

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Argo 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! I can appreciate Americans who risk their lives for we fellow Americans.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Really good movie. The story, characters was interesting. Has a lot of tense moments. Especially near the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie several times and have never been disappointed, even knowing the outcome.
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azrael226 More than 1 year ago
The Hollywood telling of a true story. Good acting, direction, cinematography, and writing. Really worth the money to buy or at least see.
AvidfanKS More than 1 year ago
This is awesome! What I liked best about the movie Argo is Ben Affleck's body language and quiet persistance that he could indeed rescue the hostages despite their own reluctance.
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Great part of history.
kevco More than 1 year ago
Exceptional picture - It was a well crafted and well written film that reminds us of important recent historical events that have shaped our present day relations with the middle east. I thought the use of actual news film clips was extremely well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think the movie deserved "best picture" in the Academy Awards. The movie was okay, but nothing to write home about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. Affleck and Goodman are outstanding.
Pablito More than 1 year ago
This film had me on the edge of my seat several times. I also laughed hard several times--and I'm not easily amused.
JerseyGirl54 More than 1 year ago
Best movie I've seen this year ! I was on the egde of my seat watching it.
juliettehendrikx More than 1 year ago
Sure, to make a better story just lie and say New Zealand didn't do a thing to help. The ambassador of New Zealand was was hosting freaking tea parties for the Americans. Ben Affleck doesn't think much of other nations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't seen it yet